Angela Sommer

Angela Sommer

Chamber of Commerce business awards to celebrate excellence

As the Feb. 6 deadline approaches for Business Excellence Award nominations, Angela Sommer is urging people to participate.

As the Feb. 6 deadline approaches for Business Excellence Award nominations Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce president Angela Sommer is urging people to participate.

“These awards are a way to celebrate businesses in our community,” said Sommer. “You don’t have to be a chamber member to be nominated or nominate someone.”

Seven awards are up for grabs and include customer service, food services, greatest improvement, newsmaker of the year, hospitality/tourism, community booster and manufacturer.

The Hugo Stahl Memorial Award recognizes chamber members who have made a significant contribution to the chamber and is open to chamber members only.

Sommer said all of the nominations are reviewed by a five-member panel that picks the winners.

“When they are looking at nominations, it’s not the amount a certain business receives, but the quality of the nomination. I encourage people to think about that.”

The awards will be presented at a gala on Saturday, March 14, at the Elks Hall.

With a theme of License to Thrill, the evening will feature good food, an auction and great entertainment, Sommer promised.

Sommer has been on the chamber board four years.

She served as first vice president before she ran for president in October when Jason Ryll stepped down to pursue a seat on city council.

Tickets are $75 a person or a table of eight people for $600, available at the Tourism Discovery Centre or by phone.

Doors open at 5:30 and opening remarks begin at 6:30 p.m.